Collect data using Network Monitor

In this topic, you will learn how to use Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4, which is a tool for capturing network traffic.


Network Monitor is the archived protocol analyzer and is no longer under development. Microsoft Message Analyzer is the replacement for Network Monitor. For more details, see Microsoft Message Analyzer Operating Guide.

To get started, download Network Monitor tool. When you install Network Monitor, it installs its driver and hooks it to all the network adapters installed on the device. You can see the same on the adapter properties, as shown in the following image:


When the driver gets hooked to the network interface card (NIC) during installation, the NIC is reinitialized, which might cause a brief network glitch.

To capture traffic

  1. Run netmon in an elevated status by choosing Run as Administrator.

    Image of Start search results for Netmon.

  2. Network Monitor opens with all network adapters displayed. Select the network adapters where you want to capture traffic, click New Capture, and then click Start.

    Image of the New Capture option on menu.

  3. Reproduce the issue, and you will see that Network Monitor grabs the packets on the wire.

    Frame summary of network packets.

  4. Select Stop, and go to File > Save as to save the results. By default, the file will be saved as a ".cap" file.

The saved file has captured all the traffic that is flowing to and from the selected network adapters on the local computer. However, your interest is only to look into the traffic/packets that are related to the specific connectivity problem you are facing. So you will need to filter the network capture to see only the related traffic.

Commonly used filters

  • Ipv4.address=="client ip" and ipv4.address=="server ip"
  • Tcp.port==
  • Udp.port==
  • Icmp
  • Arp
  • Property.tcpretranmits
  • Property.tcprequestfastretransmits
  • Tcp.flags.syn==1


If you want to filter the capture for a specific field and do not know the syntax for that filter, just right-click that field and select Add the selected value to Display Filter.

Network traces which are collected using the netsh commands built in to Windows are of the extension "ETL". However, these ETL files can be opened using Network Monitor for further analysis.

More information

Intro to Filtering with Network Monitor 3.0
Network Monitor Filter Examples
Network Monitor Wireless Filtering
Network Monitor TCP Filtering
Network Monitor Conversation Filtering
How to setup and collect network capture using Network Monitor tool